IMHO, if you're in "snow country", go with real snow tires. They will have a snowflake symbol on the sidewall. I've had great success with Nokian Hakkappellitta studded tires. I'd also drop down a size to 245/75R/17, as they are a bit narrower and will bite into the snow as opposed to floating. I love driving in the snow and ice, and the worse the conditions, the more I love it! That being said, AT tires just don't do it for me.
P.S. I've only been stuck in the snow ONCE in my life, and I didn't have the proper tires on my truck. I learned my lesson.
Thanks for all the tips this sounds disappointing now having to buy new tires was the last thing I thought my jeep would need.
The forums here are a great source of info I only wish I had signed up before I purchased the jeep.
oh boy I still have some time before snowfall. Does anyone sell a good wheel/tire combination dedicated for winter driving. I really don't think I should be swapping out the tires every year all though that might be a lot cheaper way to go.
__________________ 2011 Jeep Wrangler Black Opps edition
I feel it's all dependent on how you drive. I have them on mine in Colorado and they perform as good as any others that I have had. BUT, I also air down to 20-23PSI when it snows really good to give me more traction. And I have yet to have any issue..
Check out the winter tire/wheel packages online at TIRE RACK. You can get steel wheels and the tire selection is pretty good. You'll have to buy a TPMS set for the wheels, but they come mounted, balanced and ready to go. It'll still set you back a thousand dollars, but you will get great tire wear, and won't have to buy any more tires for 4 or 5 years at least, and you will be MUCH SAFER this winter. Just think how much it will cost if you get in an accident. Good luck with your choice.
What about the extra cost of having two sets of tires? Over the long term, using winter tires is a bit more expensive. Instead of having a set of AT or MT tires that last you three years (it varies, of course, depending on how you drive and how much you drive), you would have two sets of tires that are only used for half the year. The combo could last six years with proper maintenance. Much of the extra cost comes from having to switch the tires twice a year. Also, instead of flipping the tires on the same set of wheels, you can choose to buy low-cost steel wheels on which to mount the snow tires permanently and you switched them yourselves.
The increased safety of having the proper tires for the winter far outweighs the extra costs. If you've never driven with snow tires, I can assure you that with snow tires you could drive circles around most cars with all-season tires in icy conditions, and that extra performance from your tires could save your life.
I just got a set of Blizzak DM-V1 for a good price at Costco.
2012 Wrangler JK Sport 2dr, man 6 spd, 3.73 diff